22 Mar '12, 3pm

Water Footprint of an American | The Nature Conservancy

Water Footprint of an American | The Nature Conservancy

The “water footprint” of the average American is 32,911 glasses per day. That’s according to a recent study by a Conservancy partner organization, the Water Footprint Network. No wonder another recent report co-authored by Conservancy scientist Brian Richter has found that water scarcity affects about 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year. Where is all this water? It’s used to produce the food we eat, clothes we wear and more. And where does it come from? Nature. In fact, about 70 percent of the water extracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is for agriculture. Thanks to our supporters, the Conservancy is working with partners to: Innovate scientific methodologies to track down “hidden” water . Help farmers to find new ways to grow crops while leaving more water available for people, plants and animals. (Example: one project in Georgia is helping farmers sav...

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